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Katharina Schutz Zell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226979663

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226979687.001.0001

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Autobiography and Polemic: A Lay Theologian Amid the Conflicts of Confessional Divisions

Autobiography and Polemic: A Lay Theologian Amid the Conflicts of Confessional Divisions

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(p.175) II Autobiography and Polemic: A Lay Theologian Amid the Conflicts of Confessional Divisions
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226979687.003.0005

In the 1550s, Katharina Schütz Zell felt compelled to defend her own religious integrity and that of the first-generation reformers, both privately and publicly, in writings which have shaped the way she has been remembered. This chapter presents a broad picture of the period when the divisions in the reform movement had become institutionalized. This process not only reflected development in both theology and practical ecclesiastical structures, but also sometimes required reinterpreting—or changing—what the first reformers had intended. Beyond finding themselves in an uncomfortable, shifting world, if they refused—as Schütz Zell did—to take sides, they often endured criticism or worse from the varied parties who were determined to label them one way or another and make them fit the new confessions or suffer the consequences.

Keywords:   religious integrity, first-generation reformers, personal letter, compilation of correspondence, shifting world

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